Guangzhou is an important city in China. It is not only the capital city of Guangdong Province, but is also the largest city in Southern China as well as a famous trading port in China’s history. There are currently three railway stations in Guangzhou: Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station, and Guangzhou East Railway Station. But the trains heading for Tibet only set off from Guangzhou Railway Station.
Guangzhou Railway Station is located in West Huanshi Road, Yuexiu District. Trains that go to places all over the country set off from Guangzhou Railway Station every day, making it one of the busiest railway stations in southern China.
There is only one station square in front of Guangzhou Railway Station. After taking a security check from the entrance of the square, passengers can then get into the station.
There are many baggage deposit spots in the station and you can find them by following the instructions of the signs hanging on the walls. Railway station is a crowded area and you may encounter all kinds of people there, so you should always carry valuables with you in case they should be stolen.
Guangzhou South Railway Station is located in Shixing Avenue South, Shibi Street, Panyu District. It is the largest high-speed railway station in southern China and serves high-speed trains heading for places outside Guangdong Province such as Shanghai and Beijing.
Guangzhou East Railway Station is located at No. 1 Dongzhan Road, Tianhe District. It mainly serves intercity trains heading for Dongguan, Shenzhen and other nearby cities.
Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (shortly for Home Re-entry Permit): similar to the ID cards of mainland compatriots
Tibet Travel Permit: Because of the special nature of Tibet, non-Chinese tourists are required to provide Tibet Travel Permit if they want to buy tickets to Tibet.
ID card, Passport: According to the real-name system of train ticket purchase, passengers need to provide valid documents such as ID cards and passports that can prove their identities when they buy train tickets in China.
If you choose to buy tickets from Guangzhou Railway Station or railway ticket agencies, please ensure that you have obtained your Tibet Travel Permit. When you buy the tickets, you need to show documents such as your ID card, Home Re-entry Permit, Tibet Travel Permit, or your passport to the staff. Although train tickets to Lhasa are available in all railway stations in Guangzhou, it is rather difficult to buy the Guangzhou-Lhasa train tickets in peak seasons (June - August). Therefore, tourists are suggested to get to Tibet by flights during this period. Finding a travel agency to help you buy the train tickets is also a good choice. If you can’t buy the train tickets from Guangzhou, you can take flights to Xining at first, and then transfer trains to get to Tibet.
After buying the tickets, you need to go through the security at first. Please bring your identity-proved documents and train tickets and show them to the staff in the station when you go through the security. Then you need to wait for the trains within the waiting area. And finally, you can get on the trains from the platform after having your tickets checked.
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is about 30 kilometers from Guangzhou Railway Station. Passengers can get to the railway station from the airport by subway, airport shuttle bus or taxi. If you choose to get to the station by subway, you need to transfer Line 2 at Jiahe Wanggang Station, and the total duration on the subway is about 50 minutes. If you choose to get there by shuttle bus, it will take you about 40 minutes. If you choose a taxi and if there is no traffic jam, it only takes you around 30 minutes to get to the station from the airport.
Guangzhou South Railway Station is about 25 kilometers from Guangzhou Railway Station. You can either get to Guangzhou Railway Station directly from Guangzhou South Railway Station by taking Metro Line 2, which will take you about 45 minutes, or you can take a taxi to get there, which will only take you about 30 minutes.
Compared with Guangzhou South Railway Station and Baiyun International Airport, the distance between Guangzhou East Railway Station and Guangzhou Railway Station is relatively short - about 9 kilometers. So taking a taxi from Guangzhou East Railway Station is the most convenient and the fastest way to get to Guangzhou Railway Station (about 15 minutes). If you choose to get there by subway, you need to firstly take Metro Line 1 at the railway station and then transfer Line 2 at Gongyuanqian station. And the total duration is about 30 minutes.
Hong Kong is about 170 kilometers from Guangzhou Railway Station and you can firstly take trains from Hong Kong to Guangzhou East Railway Station, which will take you about 2 hours. Then you can get to Guangzhou Railway Station by taxi or subway.
There are always traffic jams in Guangzhou. All of the duration of taxis and shuttle buses from other places to Guangzhou Railway Station mentioned above is calculated under the premise of smooth traffic condition. In case you should miss the trains, you had better go to Guangzhou Railway Station as early as possible.
Guangzhou is the birthplace of Lingnan culture (the culture of Guangdong Province and the nearby provinces in southeastern China) and the largest foreign trading port in southern China. Due to the subtropical monsoon climate, the winter in Guangzhou is much shorter than summer, and the weather and temperature are pleasant all year round, making the city a good place for travelling.
The first place to visit is the Chen's Lineage Hall, which was added in the list of "Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State" in 1988. It is the largest and the most well-preserved Qing Dynasty ancestral architecture in Guangdong Province, consisting of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards. It has played an important role in the history of traditional Chinese architecture and decoration style. While visiting this ancestral architecture, you can see all kinds of brick carvings, wood carvings, and stone carvings featuring with Lingnan culture.
Then you can head for Yuexiu Park, the largest comprehensive park in Guangzhou and the nearest park to Guangzhou Railway Station. While visiting the park, you can experience the leisure life of local people.
The next destination should be the famous Baiyun Mountain, the most revered natural landmark of the city. When you climb up to the top of the mountains inside, you can overlook the entire Guangzhou.
Compared with the cruise on the Pearl River in the daytime, the night cruise accompanied by the sparkling lights is more fascinating. Therefore, the last activity of this one day tour is to cruise on the Pearl River to have a look at this city’s beauty at nights, during which you can also see the famous Guangzhou Tower, a landmark building in Guangzhou.